Law & Crime reports:
Joining more than 180 others charged with assaulting law enforcement on Jan. 6, a Kansas man stands accused of pushing a U.S. Capitol police officer with “aggressive force” and causing the cop to fall down a small flight of stairs. Monday’s arrest affidavit alleges that surveillance footage captured the incident.
Prosecutors say that Michael Eckerman’s route paved the way for his identification, as his next stop was the Rayburn Room where he posed in front of the iconic Lansdowne portrait of George Washington.“Open source information taken from a New York Times article also revealed the portrait of George Washington,” the affidavit states.
Eckerman, 37, wearing a “load bearing tactical vest and red Trump hat,” appeared to emulate Washington’s gesture in a photograph in front of the painting that he posted on Facebook, which authorities say two tipsters passed on to them.
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— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) September 21, 2021
Yet another Jan 6 defendant is accused of wearing a tactical vest inside the Capitol
US Justice Dept has announced charges against Michael Eckerman of Kansas. He’s accused of pushing his way toward front of mob toward police line, later saying “these motherf**** are traitors” pic.twitter.com/2uXzrBAQO2
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) September 21, 2021
The FBI arrested Michael Eckerman, who was identified by a former high school classmate in Kansas. The feds say he appeared to pushed a Capitol Police officer, causing them to fall down a small set of stairs before someone else sprayed them in the face with a fire extinguisher. pic.twitter.com/gzthDzOZZm
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) September 20, 2021